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how to have faith when life is different than you expected

By | change, choosing, courage, devotional, faith, God, God's presence, grace, lessons in life, love, momhood, problems, Suffering, trust | No Comments

Last week, our family spent a quick weekend in Tampa after spending the previous week at a conference in Orlando. I brought a special souvenir home from Florida. All the late nights, fast food, massive coffee consumption, and one gajillion handshakes and hugs exposed me to some kind of head cold and so I’m sniffly and coughing today. Morgan and I were trying to figure out how I could have picked up this icky bug….

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oy with the teenagers, already

By | God, gospel mama, love, momhood, Motherhood | 2 Comments

No one prepared me for being a mom of teens. There are a million blogs and books and podcasts about the early years of parenting: the sleep schedules, the weaning from pacifiers, the daycare struggle, the potty training. However, the thing about that early season of parenting is that you know the hard stuff will pass. Eventually, the baby will sleep; he won’t take a pacifier to middle school with him; she will learn to…

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how to love teenagers

By | dads, love, momhood, Motherhood | No Comments

The early years of children are so noisy. Squawks, yells, tattling, and so many words about things like superheroes, dinosaurs,  princesses, trains, cartoons, and everything related to the toilet. I nearly lost my mind trying to navigate the constant racket of three boys born extremely close together. There were many days I really wasn’t up to the task. Then we had a baby girl, making me Mom to four kids under five years old, and…

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this is why hurricane frenzy and a gas shortage mean there is hope for us all

By | article, Austin, God, lessons in life, love | 5 Comments

In the last few weeks, Texas has been an interesting/encouraging/challenging place to live. The drama started with Hurricane Harvey. We all ran to our grocery stores and bought water and bread just in case. My own city of Cedar Park, well above sea level and far from the gulf coast, issued a “you may have to evacuate” email, which was ridiculous. I wonder if they thought Dallas and the whole state of Oklahoma needed to…

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this is why motherhood will make you crazy lovely

By | beauty, lessons in life, love, momhood | 2 Comments

“If I give everything I own to the poor and even go to the stake to be burned as a martyr, but I don’t love, I’ve gotten nowhere. So, no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.” -1 Corinthians 13:3-7 (MSG) We have been at the pool almost every night for the past few days. Post-dinner swimming is my favorite part of summer living in Texas, where…

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how we can know we are beautiful

By | beauty, choosing, dreams, love, marriage, midlife, women | 4 Comments

Morgan and I planned a last minute date night on Monday. All day, while I painted my parents’ house, I dreamed of the short ribs at North. At 5pm, I asked if we could eat there, and he smiled because he had already made a reservation for 7:15. Sixteen years of marriage and twenty-three years of friendship have their perks. He knows me well. So we sat on the lovely restaurant patio, eating creamy polenta…

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oy with the poodles already

By | article, dreams, fear, love | No Comments

Last weekend, I was having an all-too-frequent moment of insecurity. I’m not sure there’s a way to avoid these here on earth, as long as we’re clothed in this fading flesh of ours. Everyone I know is afraid they may not be enough now and then. Gosh, we’re a neurotically flawed bunch. I try not to wallow, though. As Lorelei would say: Oy with the poodles already. Oy with the poodles already is Gilmore Girls talk…

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first love and big trophies

By | dreams, family, God, love, pixar | One Comment

  “I see what you’ve done, your hard, hard work, your refusal to quit. I know you can’t stomach evil, that you weed out apostolic pretenders. I know your persistence, your courage in my cause, that you never wear out. But you walked away from your first love—why? What’s going on with you, anyway?….Listen. Listen to the Wind Words, the Spirit blowing through the churches. I’m about to call each conqueror to dinner. I’m spreading…

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someday at christmas: a post for my church family

By | a year on the front row, Christmas, love | No Comments

“Someday all our dreams will come to be Someday in a world where men are free Maybe not in time for you and me But someday at Christmas time Someday at Christmas man will not fail Hate will be gone and love will prevail Someday a new world that we can start With hope in every heart.” -Stevie Wonder This Christmas has me feeling a kindredness to Ruth and Naomi. As we walk through this…

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when we watch and pray

By | devotional, grace, Joy, lessons in life, love, prayer, Suffering | One Comment

Then [Jesus] said to them, “My soul is very sorrowful, even to death; remain here, and watch with me.” And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” And he came to the disciples and found them sleeping. And he said to Peter, “So, could you not watch with me…

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